Did you know that an adoption agency is not required in Florida adoptions? Whether you are planning to adopt a non-related child, a related child (grandchild, niece, sibling, etc.), a stepchild, or an adult, you can do so through an adoption attorney rather than an adoption agency. Using an experienced adoption attorney may save you thousands of dollars.
Many prospective adoptive parents go to an adoption agency because they believe that’s the only way to adopt a child. But the truth is that a large percentage of Florida adoptions are done through adoption attorneys.
An experienced adoption attorney can handle most of the same services an agency handles, and also refer the adoptive parents to a suitable home study provider, adoption counselor, etc. The difference is that adoption agencies are permitted to charge their clients fees that the adoption attorneys cannot. Those fees can amount to thousands of dollars.
Prospective adoptive parents should diligently interview adoption attorneys to verify the attorney has significant experience in the type of adoption sought. Ask a lot of questions at the consultation phase and don’t be afraid to shop around for the proper amount of experience, the right level of compatibility, and the right price.
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